USF Game Grades: McNeese State

The Bulls played their first game of the season Saturday against McNeese State. They started off slow, but thanks to a strong 4th quarter won 41-10. hands out game grades position-by-position. Read on to see how they graded out.


Quarterback: This truly was a story of two halves. Offensively the team struggled until midway through the third quarter. Both Julmiste and Grothe did well running the ball but. Grothe finally settled down in the third quarter and looked as relaxed as he would be in any film session. Before Julmiste was pulled due to injury he had completed 5 of 8 for 38 yards and one interception. The pick came when the defensive end tipped the pass and then intercepted it at the line of scrimmage killing a Bulls drive on the 22 yard line. Grothe ran into a little trouble early on but he sparked the offense, and by the end of the game he completed 9 of 13 and threw for two touchdowns while rushing for one on his own.

Grade: B


Wide Receivers: Overall, the Bull's receivers played a very solid game. They caught a lot of tough balls, and more importantly they made the routine catches that would have been dropped last season. We have been saying since spring practice that this was the most improved position and now everybody else finally got to see what we were talking about. Six different receivers caught passes Saturday, Marcus Edwards had a beautiful 47-yard touchdown catch, showing why he was USFNation's spring break out player. Ean Randolph had 3 catches with a TD and Amarri Jackson caught 3 balls for 31 yards. Cedric Hill had 2 receptions for 69 yards, including a 64-yard pass to help jumpstart the offense.

Grade –A


Runningback: Considering that Moise Plancher went out early with a knee sprain, the Bulls still had a good game averaging 6.8 yards per carry. Walt smith had 7 rushes for 70 yards with two scores, Ben Williams had 9 for 57 yards,and  Keeley Dorsey had a 52-yard touchdown scamper on the final play of the game.   In all, USF used a platoon of backs with five different running backs touching the ball against McNeese State.

Grade B


O-Line: The offensive line was replacing three starters this year and in this game it showed. This young line held it's own, and gave up zero sacks. But was flagged for 7 offensive penalties, three times they were flagged for holding  (one negated a huge pass reception), three illegal formation and werealso  penalized for an illegal lineman downfield.

Grade C+


Defensive back's: They only gave up 81 yards passing in total. Trae Williams seemed to be everywhere and ended up with an impressive interception. Gachette also had an interception, and Jerome Murphy had a jarring hit that will have the quarterback thinking he's batman for a few days. Safetey Jeremy Burnett's six tackles were second on the team.

Grade A


Line backer's: They didn't give up any big plays but also didn't make any big plays. Nicholas led the team in tackles with 7 while both Ben Moffitt and Patrick ST. Louis had 4 tackles.

Grade B++


D-Line: They had some pressure, but only had one sack. They are a young and inexperience line and that is exactly what they looked like. At the same time, they should have dominated a team like McNeese state. The lone bright spot was Allen Cray, who was the only Bull with a sack, to go along with his 3 tackles.  Treco Bellamy had 3 tackles but also had a 15-yard late hit penalty on 3rd down that extended a cowboy drive.

Grade C-


Special teams: The only reason they did not receive an F was because of two blocked punts by the Bulls. Trae Williams' had a blocked punt, and Ryan Gilliams sniffed out a fake punt, which caused a loss of downs for the Cowboys. However,  Mike Benzer missed his only field goal attempt while Petrov whiffed on a punt while standing in his own endzone. This miscue led to McNeese State recovering the fumble and scoring their only touchdown.  Ean Randolph had a 70 yard punt return that was called back for a block in the back.

Grade D-





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